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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs EOS-1D X Camera Comparison

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs EOS-1D X DSLR camera comparison

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My readers know I am the Wildlife Ho-tographer using Canon equipment for 25 years. Over the past four years, I have picked the EOS-1D X as the best full frame DSLR for sports and wildlife photography. With the recent announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, many people want to know whether they should upgrade from their current EOS-1D X, while others want to know if they should buy the older or the newer camera. 

My advice is the following. Keep your current EOS-1D X unless you really need 4K video, a slightly faster burst rate, even better AF system and dynamic range. If you want a very good, full frame professional camera for action and wildlife photography, buy a refurbished and well cared for EOS-1D X from Canon or from a trusted source. On the other hand, if you want a state-of-the-art, full frame pro camera and have the funds or have sold your EOS-1D X, look no further than the EOS-1D X Mark II. I have placed my order and anxiously waiting for delivery some time in mid to late April. As usual, I will write a comprehensive review on the camera after conducting rigorous field tests on wildlife shoots around the globe. You can see my equipment bag and works on

Major Specs Comparison - EOS-1D X Mark II vs. EOS-1D X :

  • 20.2 MP (5472 x 3648 pixels) vs. 18.1 MP (5184 x 3456 pixels) 
  • 14 fps for up to 170 RAW frames vs. 12 fps for up to 38 RAW frames
  • 16 fps in Live View vs. 14 fps with mirror lockup
  • 4K 60P, 1080 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. 1080 30p with no Movie Servo AF
  • 4K Frame Grab for 8.8 MP still JPEG images from 60 fps capture vs. Not Available
  • New 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II with expanded coverage vs. 61-point AF
  • Up to 61 selectable AF-points at f/8 with 21 cross-type at f/8 vs. Center AF point  only 
  • AF working range down to EV -3 vs. EV -2
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points vs. Not Available
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm
  • Center spot metering of approx. 1.5% viewfinder at center vs. 2.5%
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Processors vs. Dual DIGIC 5+ Processors
  • ISO expansion to H3 409600 vs. H2 expansion to 204800
  • 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor vs. 100,000-pixel RGB
  • Flicker Mode vs. Not Available
  • Silent Continuous High and Low shooting modes vs. Not Available
  • Approx. 1620K dot LCD (900 x 600 pixels) vs. 1040K dot LCD (720 x 480 pixels)
  • Limited touch-screen LCD vs. Not available
  • Dual-Axis Electronic Level with dedicated viewfinder display vs. Non-dedicated display
  • Built-in GPS vs. Optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
  • Distortion and Diffraction correction, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer vs. Not Available
  • CF and CFast memory card slots vs. Two CF card slots
  • USB 3.0 vs USB 2.0
  • Headphone jack vs. Not Available
  • Supports Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8 and WFT-E6 vs. WFT-E6 only
  • Ambience priority/White priority AWB vs. Ambience AWB only
  • Customizable Quick Control screen vs. Fixed Control screen
  • Battery - LP-E19 (2750 mAh) vs. LP-E4N (2450 mAh)
  • Rated shots on each charge  - 1,210 vs. 1,120
  • List Price - $5,999 vs. $4,599

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